Are Brown Recluse Spiders Dangerous?

June 28, 2017

brown recluse spider up close

There are so many benefits to living in the great state of Texas; it is full of great, down-to-earth people, there are ample job opportunities, big houses, tasty food, a relatively low cost of living, and did we mention it is full of great people! But living in Texas, also means that you are probably living in close proximity to many creepy, crawly pests that can pose health threats to you, your family and your pets. One of the more dangerous and common household pests found in East Texas is the brown recluse spider; these spiders produce painful bites, have powerful venom, and don’t mind taking up residence inside. At Innovative Pest Control, we want to provide you with the information you need to help protect your home and family from the potentially dangerous brown recluse spider.

Brown recluse spiders are light brown in color and have long slender legs; including their legs, adults grow to be about the diameter of a quarter or half-dollar. They have a tell-tale “violin”-shaped marking on the back of the body and their six eyes are arranged in a distinctive semi-circle pattern. The good news when it comes to brown recluse spiders is that they are usually pretty easy to identify, the bad news is, they are usually hiding out of sight and you don’t notice their presence until it is too late and you accidentally come into contact with one.

That brings us to why they are called brown “recluse” spiders. It is important to know that even though their venom can cause serious health consequences, they are not by any means an aggressive species of spider. As their name suggests these spiders are shy and reclusive by nature, inside they are found hiding in areas that are cluttered and rarely disturbed. These spiders won’t actively “hunt” you, to attack and bite you. However, if you accidentally make contact with one while rummaging through boxes, putting on shoes, or cleaning out the garage they will bite due to the pressure caused from being trapped between a surface or object and your skin.

According to the CDC, a bite from a brown recluse spider may cause a stinging sensation with localized pain and a small white blister usually develops at the site of the bite. Their venom can cause a severe lesion by destroying skin tissue or skin necrosis. A skin lesion from a brown recluse spider bite can be quite severe, time-consuming to heal, prone to infection and will require professional medical attention. It is important to seek immediate medical attention if you think you, a family member or pet was bitten by a brown recluse spider.

At Innovative Pest Control we can help to protect your family from brown recluse spiders through our home pest control program. Spiders including brown recluses often enter into homes while foraging for food. By putting into place a year-round home pest control program from Innovative our trained experts can provide the services needed to get rid of their food source (insects and other spiders), eliminate a current brown recluse infestation, and put into place the exclusion measures needed to prevent future problems with these dangerous pests. Contact us today and learn how Innovative Pest Control can get rid of brown recluse spiders and other common household pests from your East Texas property!

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